Posted: 3:33 am Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
By Ann Kelly
Tampa Bay Watch has canceled their annual Great Bay Scallop Search for this weekend due to issues with the red tide – and they’re not sure if they will reschedule. Very low levels have been detected in southern Pinellas County but Bay Watch President Peter Clark says he doesn’t want to expose any scallopers to the toxic algae. Manatee County declared a local state of emergency yesterday but they could use your help today. Volunteers are needed starting at 7:30 am at the Palms Sol Causeway boat ramp. Red tide is also being blamed for more dead and sick sea turtles being found on Florida beaches along with a record number of dolphin and manatee deaths. If you do spot a turtle in distress you can report disoriented or stranded sea turtles to 978-728-3663(978-SAVE-ONE)FL.We have the latest map from the FWC here.
When it comes to having the worst drivers in the US Florida is no longer number one. The Sunshine State gives up the top spot in a survey spot our by SmartAsset that now has Mississippi as number one with Florida falling to eighth. Florida had been ranked the worst for two years in a row.
The Florida Department of Transportation says the backlog of unprocessed toll transactions is now up to date as they continue the transition to the new SunPass Combined Service System. But if you have incurred overdraft fees as the result of the problems with SunPass the state of Florida is going to reimburse you. Here’s how to apply for funds, and if you’d like to talk with a SunPass rep if you have questions at 1-888-TOLL-FLA or 1-888-865-5352.
It’s the law to move over one lane when passing emergency vehicles off to the side of the road and more than 100 drivers were ticketed over the weekend who ignored the law on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. The Clearwater Police Department wanted to highlight the danger of ignoring the law when two of their own officers were hurt when a driver hit them in two wrecks a week ago.